General Cleaning Of Stainless Steel

Procedure code:
501006S
Source:
National Capitol Region Specifications
Division:
Metals
Section:
Metal Materials
Last Modified:
03/03/2017

GENERAL CLEANING OF STAINLESS STEEL

PART 1---GENERAL

1.01 SUMMARY

A. This procedure includes guidance on cleaning stainless

steel using a mild detergent. See also the Stainless Steel Information Center information booklet, "The Care and Cleaning of Stainless Steel":

http://www.ssina.com/download_a_file/cleaning.pdf

B. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be

reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines

cover the following sections:

1. Safety Precautions

2. Historic Structures Precautions

3. Submittals

4. Quality Assurance

5. Delivery, Storage and Handling

6. Project/Site Conditions

7. Sequencing and Scheduling

8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing

this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,

along with recommendations from the Historic Preservation

Officer (RHPO).

1.02 QUALITY ASSURANCE

A. A test area will be cleaned and reviewed by the RHPO for

approval prior to commencement of work.

PART 2---PRODUCTS

2.01 MATERIALS

A. Soap: Mild soap, such as "Ivory Liquid".

B. Abrasive Cleaners: Very mildly abrasive cleaner with

whiting and pumice, such as "Bon Ami", baking soda mixed with mild soap, Barkeeper's Friend, etc.

C. Car wax, such as those formulated for chromium-plated items or approved equal.

D. Clean, soft cloths, chamois leather, or nylon pad (such as Scotch-Brite).

2.02 EQUIPMENT

A. Natural bristle brush

B. Sponge

2.03 LIMITATIONS

CLEANING AGENTS NOT TO BE USED: chloride cleaning agents, hypochloride bleaches, silver cleaners.

PART 3---EXECUTION

3.01 PREPARATION

A. Prior to cleaning, mask or otherwise protect all

adjoining surfaces that could be altered or damaged by

the cleaning operation.

3.02 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION

A. Wash stainless steel surface with mild detergent and

clean water using a clean cloth, sponge or natural

bristle brush and light pressure. Wipe dry with a clean

cloth.

B. Apply abrasive cleaners only if necessary and with a

clean cloth, sponge or natural bristle brush. Always

wipe in a consistent direction with the grain of the

metal. Rinse all abrasives thoroughly from metal surface

and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

C. Do not apply protective coatings such as lacquers, but

apply a good quality car wax as a very thin protective

film.

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